Ronald J. Burch, 81, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at the Griffon Nursing Center in Knoxville.
He was born Saturday, Nov. 14, 1931, in Iowa City, the son of Walter and Lolletta Doller Burch Sr. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School. In 1950, Ron joined the Marines and served during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge in 1954, Ron worked for Merle Boughton and Herman Green as a heavy equipment operator. In the 1970s, he started R.J. Burch Excavating and operated it until his retirement in the early '90s. On April 11, 1976, Ron was united in marriage to Marilyn J. Sparks at Oskaloosa and she died April 2, 2002. In retirement, he enjoyed delivery of the Oskaloosa Herald and driving truck for unfinished furniture. He also loved bowling, camping, boating, waterskiing and playing cards. He was a Hawkeye fan and traveled one year to see them play at the Rose Bowl.
Ron is survived by his two sons: Joe (and Sally) Burch, of Russell, and Jeffrey (and Lila) Burch, of Kirkville; 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother: Walter (and Marguerite) Burch, of Oskaloosa.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. at Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Jeff Belger officiating. As was his wish, his body has been cremated. Visitation with the family present will be held at the Bates Funeral Chapel from 12 p.m. until a procession is formed at 12:45 p.m. for those wishing to go to the cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ronald J. Burch Memorial Fund.